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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chicken Noodle Stew

We were supposed to have Beer Can Chicken.....then the rain came.....and we no longer have a canopy on the back deck thanks to the wind storm last week.....so what better way to use a whole chicken than some good ole comfort food! This started out to be chicken soup and then I decided to make it a bit more hearty. I know....I know.....it's too hot outside to have a 'soup' for a meal. Wrong!!!

Makes a lot
Guesstimating a 1 Cup Serving = 4 PointsPlus™ (see My Spin)

1 whole chicken
water to cover chicken
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup zucchini and squash, sliced & halved
salt, pepper, basil to taste
2 bay leaves
2 Knorr Chicken Homestyle Stock containers (picture below)
6 oz. No Yolks noodles

Wash the chicken and discard the neck and gizzard 'stuff' (unless you want to keep for future use). Put the chicken in a large stock pot and cover with water. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Skim the foamy/fatty 'gunk' from the top of the water. Remove the chicken from the pot; remove the skin and discard. Remove the meat from the bones and tear/cut into bite-size pieces; return to pot of chicken water. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the noodles.

Simmer until veggies are tender. Add the noodles and cook until al dente. Remove the 2 bay leaves and enjoy!!!

MY SPIN: The reason I'm 'guesstimating' the PointsPlus™ on a serving of this deliciousness is because one doesn't want to spend tons of time making sure exactly how many noodles or bits of chicken is put into the bowl. And for the veggies, use what you have on hand.....but if you don't have celery in your fridge, go buy some for this recipe.

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court!! *** The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark. ***

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